3MT Rules and Judging Criteria

Three Minute Thesis, Founded by the University of Queensland

Competition Rules

  • One three minute recorded video presentation of the student presenting with their static PowerPoint slide. Students share their webcam and their laptop screen with their slide throughout their presentation.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. playing music clips or video clips) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (e.g. no poems, rapping, or songs).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

Content

  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background to the research question being addressed and its significance?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe important elements of the research?

Comprehension

  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?
  • Was the research communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?

Engagement

  • Did the oration make the audience want to know more?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?

Communication

  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient presence including vocal range, maintaining a steady pace, and having a confident stance?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise?